Dona Sylvia Beach Resort
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... Surprisingly we only lost a bottled water and pair of sunglasses. All the flip-flops were accounted for. I would have been ****** if I lost my Rainbows. Coming back in to shore after about 45 mins of paddling around was also an adventure, as riding in a wave to the shore once again flipped us over as Indians stood by and laughed. This time though I clung to all flip-flops to avoid any shoe loss. I ...
... Beach. We chit chatted the whole way about Goa and vegetarianism. Another woman sat across from us and she was counting large wads of cash. I saw the bus driver offer a look to the man next to me and then shake his head. Turns out, Shannon heard this woman talk and she was a cross dressing prostitute. I would have never known if Shannon did not tell me. This is only the second time I have encountered cross dresser's while in India.
While switching buses in Margao, ...
... journey along the Goan coastline visiting beaches and then heading inland through the lush jungle and over the hills to one of the cities. It was quite an experience to be driving through the mayhem myself, dodging cows, avoiding people and learning how to use the horn!
We made it back just after sunset and all in one piece.
Dinner was in the "posh" place on the beach where we discovered Indian red wine. Who'd have ...
... women in lovely cocktail dresses sit with men in starch cotton European fashion. These people did not walk the beach with backpacks when they arrived, surely.
And though we try to avoid restaurants that advertise "shark" on their menu, it's a disappointing fact that this is nearly impossible in Palolem. Every restaurant has two or three sharks sitting on ice next to giant tiger prawns and kingfish. Some are so small they must be just weeks ...
... was on her own!!! So far we have travelled 250km from goa into karnataka state where the border guard tried unsuccessfully to extort some cash out of us (should have known better than to try that on a morris!) today we are off to somewhere else.... We havent read the map yet!!!! Anyway - time to down the last of this black coffee and suck up what the day ha to throw at us..... Until next time ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsDona Sylvia Beach Resort Cavelossim
Last stayed here 10 years ago - still great quality, clean & well maintained. Fabulous staff and food. Only downside - have to pay for wi fi and the truly awful evening entertainment (shaking stevens, boney M and donny and marie - get the picture? lets have more authentic Goan/Indian stuff please)
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Historical Traveler Reviews Dona Sylvia Beach Resort Cavelossim
What a great fun sunshine hol
hi anyone getting ready 4 there 1st visit 2 the donna sylvia in goa.well get excited u will have a great time be prepared 4 the heat.The place the people the sun the beach the food the drink just about all there is just fab.We where there 4 christmas which was different but if u didnt want different u wouldnt be going,and The New Year which was brill the fire works where something special,the workers all make such an effort,there aim is 2 please,so make sure u say thanks 2 them and they will look after u with extra care.The beach shack on the sand is very friendly,the food is great and so cheap you can afford to eat lunch every day there it wont cost alot and u dont have 2 leave the beach,ask them 2 save u sunbeds each morning then buy from them they will look after u.
We visited in Jan 2005 I would not hesitate to recommend the Dona Sylvia, although with the proviso that it is better suited to those people seeking a queiter holiday.
First impressions were very favourable. The hotel is set in it's own substantial grounds with very pleasant gardens & well maintained, spacious public areas. The rooms are designed in a 'cottage' style, we stayed in one of the bungalows & was very pleasant & clean, if quite basic & small.
We thought the hotel offered good facilities for the price & offers very good value for money. Had no complaints about the food at all, although I must add that we eat out every night in Cavelossim or in one of the beach shacks so we only experienced breakfast & lunch. I would urge prospective visitors to venture beyond the hotel as there are some fabulous & very cheap (main course approx £1.50, bottle of aussie wine £7) restaurants within a couple of minutes walk & the temptation in an 'all inclusive' hotel is to play it safe & eat in the hotel every day.
The only negative I could report is that the are offers limited nightlife. The hotel does put on nightly entertainment but this is very much in a caberet style. There are a couple of bars in Cavelossim worth a look but they were very queit, compared to say Northern Goa. This is of course very subjective & could quite easily be seen as a positive aspect for a lot of guests.
To sum up I would recommend the hotel very highly, but we have booked to return to Candolim in Jan 2006 as it offers a greater scope for more a varied nightlife & places to go during the day.
Friendly Dona Sylvia
Had a lovely time in Goa. Once you get over the culture shock you can enjoy how friendly everyone is. Dona Sylvia is in an excellent location with a path down to the beach, and shops outside the front gate. Good variety of excellent food (and I don't even like curry), also the beach shacks do very cheap food. You can use the sun-beds on the beach if you just purchase a drink or snack from the shacks. We hired bicycles from the hotel and loved exploring the surrounding villages and true Goa. The hotel rooms looked in need of updating, but I believe a big refurbishment of the whole hotel was due this summer. We're going back to Goa this March but slightly further north this time, just to explore a different area. Also had two teenagers who loved it to, especially the large hotel pool.
Have been to South Goa 4 times and this is the best hotel even though its all inclusive we ate out every other night lots of restraunts within walking distance. Every body is very friendly and the food is good they even serve kingfisher beer AI. Do go to this hotel you would not be dissapointed. We are going next February again.
arrived at dona Sylvia 7th jan 2005 for our second visit, i must say the room we had was a bit grotty but hey you don't spend much time in the room anyway. we were offered the upgrade but we did not go for it.
reckon by 2006 all the rooms will be upgraded.
fantastic time again, in to Rosario's beach shack most days and both wednesday beach parties (bit quiet has to be said) most hotel guests seem to stay by the pool (personaly i can't think of anything worse, you could be anywhere). Many of the people we met had been there before (some several times) which says a lot.
beach was great and clean plenty of room for football or cricket, hotel food was excellent this time and the staff very happy. Benny the restaurant manager always pleased to see you. however we did eat out on the theme nights as it just doesn't seem to work.
you all must go and eat at Martins Corner, this is one of the best restaurants in Goa and very good value.
outside the Dona sylvia to eat is all very high standard (if a little pricey because of the location) but does feel like little England at times. will be going back jan 06 to soak up some more sun!
We have booked to return to the Donna Sylvia november 2005.Anyone else going then?It will be our third visit to this hotel.We find it really relaxing.The staff at the hotel are great they go out of their way to help you with anything.There are some nice bars and restaurants all within walking distance'not that their is any reason to not eat in the hotel,if you need a change of scenery the beach bars are great we use the 'beach shack' owned by Rossario he is a great host.Many happy hours are soon spent in the shade. Kings pils is only 50p a bottle so it is not an expensive
afternoon.On Wednesday all the shacks have a bonfire and firework night.The food is fantastic lobster, king prawns and steaks e.t.c.It is really worth a walk down just to see an indian shack disco! Across the road from the Donna are shops bars and restaurants one of these is Gaffinoes they do a great pie and mash.Hope if anyone is considering this hotel go for it.
A great hotel
first time in goa...........not the last.Dona sylvia hotel was great.The food,hotel, and staff were first class.Will be back as soon as possible.
Great place to go
Just returned from a week. Would recommend the room upgrade offer at check in. At £10 per room per night extra its well worth it. We were adviced the hotel will shortly have a major refit which parts of it could do with.
The food was very good, but after a week we were getting a little bored. There are some beach shacks near by who provide free sun beds if you agree to have lunch there. All the menus are not the same, so ask to see their menu before you take a bed.
We thought the best food was at riverside restaurant, and with a wonderful location. You can get to it by turning right outside the hotel main entrance, and left at the end of the shops. It is sign posted, and the walk back is well lit at night.
What a lovely holiday
We went to dona sylvia on the 1st of january for 2 weeks, and the holiday was amazing. The hotel was clean the accomondation was great. the food was great and the staff that worked there would go out their way to help you. sometimes the pool got a bit dirty that was the only downfall. The beach was fantastic best beach me and my family have ever been to!! we went to blue oasis shack on the becah and they are very friendly. i would recomend this holiday to anyone cause it was a superb holiday and we are returning next year.
Not long got back from Goa. Didn't know what to expect but was pleasantly surprised. The hotel was very good. Our room was clean and although close to the pool area and bar, was not really noisy. The only thing my boyfriend complained about was the cleaners sweeping paths at midnight! As with most all inclusive holidays the food did get a little boring to the end of the holiday. Staff were very friendly even organising a discounted meal and a birthday cake for my birthday. One word of warning one of the beach shacks (the baywatch) did try to rip us off on the wednesday fireworks night (ie stated one price for a meal but tried to charge double - we stood our ground and refused) and my boyfriend did suffer from a sever bout of food poisoning after eating something from the same place.
Overall the hotel was very good